About Kimberly Ferguson
Hello, I am Kimberly Ferguson is an American visual artist. I enjoy making abstract paintings and watercolors, many of them atmospheric with nods to realism and nature. While painting with watercolor, I really enjoy the process of making a painting like seeing the movement of the pigments across the paper, and creating surprising textures and flows. When I creates abstract paintings I like to balance between organic forms and make deliberate brush stokes in her art. I make art regularly and love learning about different materials and techniques and strengthening my skills.
Growing up in New York City with my mother and brother and creative family members, I knew from an early age that I liked making art. Art was always an outlet for creative expression for me, but I never really believed it was something I could do all the time. I felt I had to do something else, more serious and that belief followed my to adulthood. I kept making art from time to time, but not as a practice. It wasn’t until I went to college where my love for creating art was lit aflame again. I loved learning about art and exploring new materials. I loved it so much I majored in it and studied abroad in Florence, Italy to further embrace it.
Even while knowing I loved art I was still did not believe that it would be something I could do as a career. It wasn’t until I was in graduate school for education and field that I enjoyed learning about but later realized I didn’t want to be a teacher, that I realized I needed to make art. I remember painting a watercolor on a cool and cloudy morning on the back porch of our cabin that overlooked the hills and out to the Gulf of Nicoya. All I could hear was birds, all I saw was the plants on the property and the tops of clouds and I just remember thinking I need to live like this.
That trip gave the realization that art is not a want or just something to do on the side, it is a need, a requirement, a necessity. It also introduced me to nature travel which is also a need for me. As I currently live in New York City, there is not much greenery and too much construction, I go to places like Central Park or the New York Botanical Gardens as much as I can. In the mean time, I will do as the song goes in the Sound of Music, “Climb Every Mountain/ Ford every stream/ Follow every rainbow/‘Till you find your dream.”
MS Ed. Museum Education, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY
BA Studio Art, Union College, Schenectady, NY
2019 - "Meet Me On the Moon" Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2015 - Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady, NY
2005 - "Claimed Space" Lincoln Center Cork Gallery New York, NY
Painting & Teaching: Kimberly Ferguson '15 - Union College Magazine, March 14, 2023
"Meet Me On the Moon at Hudson River Museum" - Currents, August 16, 2019
"Meet Me On the Moon: 2019 Museum Studies Partnership for Learning" - Currents, June 25, 2019
Teaching & Curation
2019 - Hudson River Museum - Museum School Partnership Coordinator
2018 - Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling - Teaching Artist
2015 -17 - Smack Mellon Gallery - Intern & Gallery Docent